Hello RTA! This is my first post, and after reading around I'm a bit afraid I may have set my sights a bit too high.
I have 10 days off of work starting December 26, and me and 3 of my friends are seriously considering driving from Charlotte, NC to Vegas. The plan that I had was to spend 3.5 days driving each way, and 3 days in Vegas.
4 (Two 21 years old, two 22) of us total are going, 3 of us can drive, in shifts I'm assuming (and I'm comfortable driving, and have driven around 14 hours in a day, no problem)
3 stops on the way there: Memphis, TN (just for a meal), Candlewood AZ (for around 2 hours, just stopping in to see a friend's dad), and The Grand Canyon (which we'll probably just be doing strictly the tourist visit, stop in for a few hours and be on our way)
I expect us to stop every 2 hours or so, if only to stretch and get gas and whatnot
We're also planning to stop at every state line and take a picture with the sign, which I wouldn't expect to take longer than a few minutes.
Using an equation I found on another post (which I've subsequently lost :( sorry) the poster said to take whatever google says the drive will take and add 20%, which puts us at around 48 hours each way, which sounds alright to me, but I'm not sure how realistic that is.
I'm fully expecting we'll make more stops than that, but I actually feel fairly comfortable with the plans, I just wanted to check around to see what yall think
The route I was taking was I-85 and I-40, going south so we won't be driving through the Appalachians in the dead of winter (which brings up another question, I don't see us heading through any major mountains, but having driven from Vegas to Williams, AZ on another trip when I was younger, I do remember some minor mountains. Am I wrong to not expect much, if any ice or snow through these?)